By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
In furtherance of the industrialization of Osun by the current administration, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has said arrangements have been concluded to build 5 ultra-modern mechanic villages worth 5billion in the state.
He stated that the mechanic villages which will be built in collaboration with a company from the Netherlands and the National Automobile Council is five out of the eleven which have been approved for the entire country.
The governor made this disclosure in Osogbo while speaking at a programme put together by the National Automobile and Technician Association of Nigeria, Osogbo and Olorunda chapters to declare their support for the governor’s second term bid in office.
This was just as the Governor was also adopted for a second term by the by the members of the Boards of Local Government Education Authorities of all the councils in the state saying the achievements of the Governor in education, infrastructure, youth employment, health, security, environment are unprecedented in the annals of Osun history.
Aregbesola pointed out that the five ultra-modern mechanic villages which can also be described as auto-cities will begin operations this year and will be located in Osogbo, Ile-Ife, Ikirun, Ilesa and Iwo.
According to the governor, “A mechatronic village will soon be built at the premises of the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke for the training of NATA members on modern ways of automobile repairs.
“The mechatronic village which will cost the state government 1billion naira will be manned by a team of 30 engineers who are already undergoing training on modern day automobile repair in Germany”. The governor stressed.
Aregbesola described NATA as a strong pillar behind the economic growth of the state and a body which always cooperate with government to mto move the state forward.
The governor expressed appreciation for the endorsement, saying it will spur the administration to continue the good work of transforming the state to that which will be role model for other states in the federation.
He described the endorsement as a huge sign that members of NATA and the state at large appreciates the good governance which the state is presently enjoying.
Chairman of the occasion and chairman, Oranmiyan Worldwide, Prince Felix Awofisayo appreciated NATA for standing by the administration through thick and thin.
Awofisayo assured NATA of the present government support, saying the government is committed to the growth of the state in terms of commerce.
Speaking earlier, the Vice President of NATA in the south-west, Comrade Dele Odewale commended the giant strides of the present administration in the state, stressing that the performance of the Ogbeni Aregbesola led administration is being felt even in neighbouring states.
In his words, ” Aregbesola is a God-sent governor is who is ruling the state according to the way he has been sent by the Almighty God, that is why he is getting it right.
“Automobile mechanics gathered to throw their weight behind the second term ambition of the governor in recognition of his brilliant performance.
“Technicians have benefited immensely from the present administration through the various efforts aimed at putting smiles on the faces of the people of the state in every facet of life, stressing that the present administration has impacted their lives and profession positively,” The NATA boss pointed out.
Meanwhile, members of the Board of Local Government Education Authority in the state of Osun over the weekend endorsed the second term ambition of the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The L.G.E.A members who came in from all the local governments in the state thronged the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, venue of the event in their hundreds to identify with the Governor.
Speaking on behalf of the other members of the board, Chairman of the board, Hon. Isa Ojewale said the endorsement was born out of the fact that the Aregbesola administration has recorded unprecedented achievement.
He said, “The present government in the state has simplified government by making the people participants.
“The state has been relatively peaceful since the coming of the present administration, an achievement which is due to the efforts of Aregbesola in tackling youth unemployment which the administration has done through the OYES programme and the various exit plans the government has prepared for the youths”. Ojewole pointed out.
Addressing the members of the LGEA, Aregbesola commended the members of the board for recognising the efforts of
its administration in developing the state.
He stressed that it is gratifying to know that the board and people of the state recognise the efforts of the present administration which is aimed at moving the state forward while emphasising that his government will continue to strive to develop the state.
The event which had members of O meal and the market women association led by the Alhaja Awawu Assindemade in attendance also had members of the state executive council as well as members of the state executives of the All Progressives Congress.